I've noticed that of my 13 hubs, "Painting the Evil Wood Ceiling" has generated over half my views. This is partly because it's much older than the rest; but it continues to get more daily views than my other hubs. Can anyone offer insights as to why?
That's pretty typical: most pages don't get much traffic, then a few really shine.
Good traffic depends on whether you've accidentally used effective SEO to rank for a search for which there's a fair amount of traffic and not too many other competing webpages. (Or, alternately, your good hub might have gotten people linking to it if they really, really like it.)
You might be able to figure this out for yourself.
Go to each hub's traffic stats, either by viewing it and clicking stats, or by chrcking out its url in Google Analytics if you've added them to your account.
What are the traffic sources of the hub? Is it search engines, or have you gotten lucky and had someone share its bookmark a forum or site which gets lots of people checking out the link?
If it's search engines, click the keywords tab to see some of the searches people are typing to find the hub. If there's one that gets a number of searches, or if there's several searches with basically the same words in them, try Googling that search for yourself and see what comes up. If your hub is on page one of Google, that's why! (But your hub could also be getting the bulk of its traffic from a search Hubpages' "keywords" tool doesn't catch, or it could be from a different search engine than Google.)
Look at some of your low-traffic hubs, too. Think what kind of search you might type in to look up a subject like that on Google. Notice how many thousands of competing sites there are. If there's lots of other pages ranking for a search term, it's nearly impossible for your page to elbow its way to the top of Google results for that search, so no one will ever see your page. Conversely, if your page only ranks for search terms that few people type in, you won't get much traffic either.
Wow, this is really helpful, Geekgeek! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this detailed response. (You could adapt it for a wonderful hub? : )
I didn't even see that I could check the stats of each hub individually. It seems this hub gets most hits from Google. I'll check out the Analytics option later, too.
Most people don't know what an 'evil wood ceiling' is and are dying to know. The rest love their evil wood ceiling and long to paint it but don't know how. Your Hub is the only source of information on this topic?
I just read it because I was curious - A great read incidentally - the title draws the reader in!
Thanks, Gina! I haven't checked lately, but I do know that when I wanted to paint my ceiling I couldn't find much about how. That's probably part of it, plus the unusual title, lol! I'll have to think of more weird titles on neglected but needed topics.
GreekGeek gave an amazingly thorough answer. I don't have much to add except to say that in the Apprentice program, one of the things they told us in the first month is that 20% of all hubs generate 80% of traffic, that the "average" hub gets about 50 hits a month, and the ones that eventually become financially successful generate 300 or more per month.
I have been writing for HubPages for a couple years and will tell you why. There are multiple reasons.
(1) The topic is very popular
(2) The keywords that you use are highly searched in Google and other search engines
(3)Your hub ranks higher in the search engines. Even if you write about a popular topic, if you do not rank high, your traffic will be lower. In your case, you likely rank high on Google Search Engine Results.
(4) If the article seems interesting then people may be sharing it on facebook and other places. This can spread like wild fire in some cases.
As for the reason why your other hubs do not get as much. Well, they simply are either unpopular topics or you simply do not rank well in the search engines.
I have hubs that have gotten 0-10 views a day, 10-100 views, 100-1000, and even 2000+.
Most of my hubs do not get much traffic, but certain ones do decent and others do very well.
Many times a person can do hours of research, write a lengthy article, have pictures, video, and finally publish the hub only to find that it gets very low traffic.
It does not just matter how well the hub is written or researched if it all (athough grammar, context etc is important too -- just not the only reason for traffic). What it mainly comes down to is:
(1) How many people are searching for the topic
(2) More specifically what keywords that are searching for within that topic/niche
(3) How well you implement those keywords into the hub (seo)
(4) How well you rank in the search engines compared to other topics/keywords.
Also the time of the year may dictate how many views you get for a hub. For example, if you have a Christmas hub then you will recieve more during the fall time.
I wish you the best of luck
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